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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorderby M.D. John J. Ratey
Synopses & Reviews
In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.
As Hallowell and Ratey point out, “attention deficit disorder” is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you’ll discover
• whether ADD runs in families
• new diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluations
• the links between ADD and other conditions
• how people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengths
• the new drugs and how they work, and why they’re not for everyone
• exciting advances in nonpharmaceutical therapies, including changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle
• how to adapt the classic twelve-step program to treat ADD
• sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them
• strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness
ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, Delivered from Distraction is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read.
From the Hardcover edition.
The best-selling authors of Driven to Distraction incorporate the latest research and information about both childhood and adult ADD into a comprehensive guide to living with Attention Deficit Disorder, looking at a wide variety of treatment options, medication and alternative therapies, and how to take advantage of the disorder while avoiding the problems. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
A guide to living with attention deficit disorder examines a variety of treatment options, medication and alternative therapies, and how to take advantage of the disorder while avoiding the problems.
About the Author
EDWARD M. HALLOWELL, M.D., is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts, an outpatient treatment center serving children and adults with a wide range of emotional and learning problems. He is the co-author of Driven to Distraction and the author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children. He welcomes hearing from readers, and can be reached through his website at www.DrHallowell.com.
JOHN J. RATEY, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has lectured extensively and published many articles on the topic of treating adults with ADD. Dr. Ratey is the author of A User’s Guide to the Brain and the co-author of Driven to Distraction. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a private practice.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
The skinny on ADD: read this if you can't read the whole book — The feel of ADD — The seven habits of highly effective ADD-ers — ADD self-assessment quizzes for adults: a screening test — Won't pay attention, or can't? The crux of the matter — An evil, an illness, or a kind of mind? From stigma to science — The itch at the core of ADD — The Benevians: how this diagnosis can change your life for the better - at any age — Joey: when there's more than ADD — The O'Brien family: a houseful of ADD — The steps to diagnosis — The qEEG and the SPECT scan: two useful new tests not widely used — How do you tell a child about the diagnosis of ADD? — Conditions that coexist with ADD — Bipolar disorder or ADD? How to tell the difference — ADD, reading problems, and dyslexia — Genetics: if I have ADD what are the odds my child will too? and other interesting questions — Are we training our children to have ADD? — ADD, addictions, and a new use of the 12 steps — The treatment of ADD: what works best — The key to treating ADD: find the buried treasures — How to find the buried treasures: five steps that lead to lasting joy — How to find the buried treasure in school: one shining example that all schools should follow — Major danger alert: college and ADD — Nutrition and ADD: a cornerstone of good treatment — Omega-3 fatty acids: a nutrition-based treatment for ADD — Physical exercise: a great treatment for ADD and a magic tonic for your brain — Powerful exercises for the brain that improve attention — Cerebellar stimulation: a specific kind of physical exercise that can be used to treat ADD — To try medication or not: some reassuring guidelines — If you choose to try medication, which should you choose? — Don't SPIN — And don't SLIDE — The big struggle revisited: ADD in families — Living through the pain of ADD — How to get rid of piles: the kudzu of ADD — Worry and ADD — Sex and ADD — Hallowell & Ratey's top tips for adult ADD — What king of mate is best if you have ADD? — What can you do if your mate has ADD? — Getting well enough organized: the Hallowell approach — What the best treatment mus include.
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